Posts Tagged ‘open a 24 hour fitness facility’

How to Automate the proshop in your gym, fitness center, or health club

Monday, September 15th, 2008

“How to Automate the proshop in your gym, fitness center, or health club”

Automate a proshop in a gym to make money while you sleep.

When i chose to turn my gym into a 24 hour fully automated facility, I knew I hadto automate everything i possibly could to futurize the gym industry.

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One problem i had was being able to sell all my energy, protein, and NO2 drinks without being there or having to worry about someone taking drinks out of the old glass front freezer because no one was at the counter at the time, or they said they forgot to pay us when they seen us. This was costing us a minimum of $100 a month in drinks.

I researched glass front drink machines that accept up to $5 bills and found a company in Atlanta, Georgia that offered a guarantee and it was only 3 hours from my house. So i went to there warehouse and they were an excellent family owned company that totally redid every part of the machines they got in.

I bought refurbished because they are like new and are about a 1/4 of the cost.

Anyway, i took a can and bottle of each drink i was gonna sell, and made sure they would work.A word of warning, Red Bull small cans wont work in these machines and you can’t buy shims either, coke is the only one that has special machines and makes shims but wont sell them.

I found the right machine at a cost of $1,800 and it was the best investment i could have made.

The company’s name is A & M equipment in Atlanta, GA. I found them on ebay, i believe they ship for a fee.

I highly recommend them for all your vending machine needs because i saw them redoing the machines with my own eyes and they are good.

I also checked into automated machines they carry for snacks and protein bars, and even tanning lotion paks.

My gym isn’t that big so i decided not to carry all that right now.

I have had my machine for over a year without problems yet. 

My revenue went up by $600 per month just in drink sales alone. You can see my drink machine at you tube or my website at www.templegym.tv

Look for ways to automate everything you can, if your like me and want freedom and less headaches.

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Shannon Cook can be reached by either leaving a comment on this blog or by e-mailing  fitnessmarketing@comcast.net. Shannon specializes in marketing fitness centers and turning your fitness center into a 24 hour gym.

The one thing all gym, health club, fitness center owners are afraid to do

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

“The one thing that most all gyms are afraid to do because they are scared people will take advantage of them!”

OFFER A 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!!!

Besides me turning my gym into a 24 hour fully automated facility, this one thing has gotten me more members than anything else i can do.

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I discussed this with other people and they thought just like everyone else, that people would take advantage of my offer. I have signed up over 200 people in the last 8 months and have had only one person get their money back, and that lady didn’t even want her money back, she just wanted to cancel before her contract took effect. However i did give her the money back because i said i would and i also asked her to write a short testimonial for the gym saying how easy it was to get her money back and I use it in my advertising to show people that we really do have a guarantee.

Most gyms are so afraid to lose a member that they make alot of them mad because they hold them to their contracts like concrete and even though they have the right to, they get talked about badly to everyone that person knows and lose alot of potential members in the process.

I took a survey from my members on my website and asked them several questions, but one was “did the 30 day guarantee have anything to do with you signing up”, to my surprise, 85% said yes. 

For some reason no gym in town has tried to copy me on this. To their loss.

I do hold people to their contracts, but if i can tell that person is gonna do harm by talking bad about me and my gym, then i gladly let them out of their contract.

One other thing I reccomend is getting the Book by Dale Carnegie “how to win friends and influence people”. in it he said something that i think has also helped me retain members that really don’t use the gym, they just keep their membership because i get to know them while signing them up. He said, Tell the person your dealing with that you can tell by looking at them and the way they act that they will follow through with their contract because they look and act honorable. You might think that’s flatery, but i mean it when i say it and they can tell i mean it, and it makes them feel honorable. Everyone wants to feel important.

I’m in the process right now of offering a 30 day double your money back guarantee to see how it works. My wife doesn’t like it, but she didn’t think the 30 day regular guarantee was a good idea either, until she saw and heard it in action.

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Feel free to post comments. thanks, shannon

Shannon Cook can be contacted at  fitnessmarketing@comcast.net for questions about hiring for marketing or turning your gym into a 24 hour gym.

Selecting a company to install your Automated Door access system and security cameras for your gym, health club, or fitness center.

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

“Selecting a company to install your Automated Door access system and security cameras for your gym, health club, or fitness center.”

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I found out the hard way how to select a company such as ADT for installing my access system and my security cameras.

First i called up two companies to give me a price, i should have called 4 or 5.

Next i met the ADT rep at my gym and told him what i need my system to do. this was my second mistake, because i later found out he forgot what i needed and just sent what he thought i needed. I should have written down exactly what i needed and got him to sign it’s upon agreeing to take the job. The written agreement would have looked something like this:

  • Door access system MUST have a PIN PAD for entering numbers or using a card to access the door.    ( I have the HID ENTRYPROX system) **NOTE** this is in case members lose their card and you wont have to go let them in every time they need in and forget it at home or lose it. I stopped giving out the cards and now only use the PIN #’s with my members and they love it. they didn’t like the cards because of the reasons above.
  • Must have software for computer to monitor the PIN #’s being used to get in the door. ( this they told me wasn’t available for the pin pad system, but the salesman told me it was, come to find out they make a handheld PALM device and a computer monitored system called the “EDGE” for my application. Get the computer monitoring system not the PALM it is very confusing to use. I would have to redo my whole system now in order to hook my computer to the “EDGE” system they recommend with the HID system.
  • Must have a battery back up for the door system in case the power goes out. (when they installed mine they didn’t put one in and the power wnet off and the door was unlocked for a day and anyone could come in, with the battery backup it can last aslong as the unit you choose will allow)
  • The security cameras must have a DVR (digital video recorder) and the bigger the better, mine records for up to 40 days continuous without looping back over the 1 day.
  • Security cameras must beable to be monitored from a laptop computer,( man i love this feature. I have caught a few people using other PIN #’s to get in that no longer had a membership #. and believe me when you put up a note that you can monitor the system from home, everyone pays attention!!!!!)
  • Must have a battery backup on the security cameras system in case the power goes down you can still record what’s going on.

**These are the things you MUST have written down and have them sign, they will forget or try to get out of putting some of it in if you don’t.

I have a few friends that had the same problems with ADT, and they are both in different states, so it’s not just Alabama.

The biggest thing that really made me mad was the bill was higher when they got done because the estimate was so confusing, and my other friends had the same exact thing happen to them when the job was done we all paid about $2,000 more than expected. GET IT IN WRITING and make sure if they figure the estimate 2 different ways, like with  4 cameras or 8 cameras, that they put the estimates on different papers. My rep did two estimates on one paper and it was so confusing that it coat me because he said some of it was from here and some from there and it cost $2000 more in the end, but i couldn’t argue because i told them to thinking it was one thing and it was another.

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Please email me if you have any questions or want to get help with turning your gym into a 24 hour gym and automate it in every aspect. Shannon Cook can be hired for consulting by contacting: fitnessmarketing@comcast.net